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Greece Tows Migrant-packed Ship to Safety off Crete
Thursday, November 27, 2014
A Greek frigate has towed a disabled cargo ship packed with 700 migrants to safety just off the island of Crete on Thursday, in one of the biggest sea rescues mounted by the Mediterranean nation, coastguard officials said. The Kiribati-flagged MV Baris issued a distress call on Tuesday after developing engine problems 30 nautical miles (45 kilometers) southeast of Crete. A Greek frigate dispatched to the scene spent over 24 hours fighting off strong winds and waves to tow the ship close... (Full Story)

Online Magazine Gets Kids Discussing Big Questions
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Teen culture in America is often criticized for being superficial. But an online magazine has been encouraging some teenagers to explore deeper issues, and rewarding their efforts. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky went to this year’s Kidspirit awards ceremony in New York. (Full Story)

Namibia's Ruling SWAPO Party Set to Dominate Friday Elections
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Namibia's ruling SWAPO party was expected to extend its near quarter-century in power in elections on Friday as voters and investors looked for a steady hand to guide the uranium and diamond-producer through a global commodities slump. The former liberation movement turned governing party has won widespread support at the helm of one of Africa's healthiest economies through its investment in railways and other infrastructure, and provision of free primary education. It has... (Full Story)

Ebola Vaccine Seen as Safe in Initial Tests
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Researchers say an experimental Ebola vaccine has caused no serious side effects and produced an immune response in all 20 healthy volunteers who received it in an early-stage clinical trial. The New England Journal of Medicine said Wednesday that scientists will continue to follow the volunteers for another 48 weeks in the study that began on September 2. The aim of the trial is to determine the safety of the vaccine, produced by British firm GlaxoSmithKline. The news comes a day... (Full Story)

Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Americans are marking the annual Thanksgiving holiday Thursday with family gatherings, meals and bargain shopping. Feasts centering on turkeys with an array of traditional sides and desserts are a tradition for the holiday that falls on the fourth Thursday in November. On the eve of the holiday, President Barack Obama and his family handed out food to clients of a center in Washington that provides food, clothing and other services to the poor. Earlier in the day, Obama followed the... (Full Story)

Greece Paralyzed by Major Strike, Flights Canceled
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Greek labor unions staged a 24-hour strike on Thursday that canceled hundreds of flights, shut public offices and severely disrupted local transport, in the first major industrial action to cripple the austerity-weary country in months. Private sector union GSEE and its public sector counterpart ADEDY called the walkout to protest against planned layoffs and pension reform demanded by European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders who have bailed out Greece twice. All Greek... (Full Story)

No Election in Thailand Seen Until 2016
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Authorities in Thailand, which is under martial law and being run by a retired general, said they do not foresee holding elections next year as originally promised. A senior official told reporters Thursday that it is impossible to hold a national election next year because of groups in Thailand who oppose the ruling junta, named the National Council for Peace and Order. Prawit Wongsuwan, a retired commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai army who holds the posts of defense minister and... (Full Story)

Suicide Bomber Attacks British Embassy Vehicle in Afghan Capital
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Afghan officials say a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into a British embassy vehicle in Kabul, killing at least five people, including one British citizen.  An Interior Ministry statement said the attack wounded 33 others, all of them Afghans. The British embassy confirmed there were "injuries" among those in the vehicle, but could not give any other information. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it "targeted foreign... (Full Story)

WHO: Tropical Fly-borne Illness Reported Near Damascus
Thursday, November 27, 2014
At least three wounded people have been infected near Damascus with a tropical disease spread by flies that had never before been reported in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The outbreak of myiasis, also known as screw worm, stems from deteriorating water and sanitation conditions. While not life-threatening, its presence is an indicator of how bad health conditions have become, according to the global health body. A video posted online this week appeared to show a... (Full Story)

Libya: Extremists Terrorizing Derna Residents
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Email Armed militias that control the eastern city of Derna are terrorizing residents through summary executions, public floggings, and other violent abuse. The abuses are taking place in the absence of state authorities and the rule of law. The groups include some that have affiliated with the extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS). (Beirut) – Armed militias that control the eastern city of Derna are terrorizing residents through summary executions, public floggings, and other violent abuse. The abuses are taking place in the absence of state authorities and the rule of law.… (Full Story)

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